Numerous illus. (mostly double-page). Nine vols. 8vo, orig. decorated semi-stiff wrappers (some fairly inoffensive worming to text and, very occasionally to image, in the first & two final vols.), orig. block printed title label on upper covers, new stitching. Osaka: 1833. First edition of this uncommon commentary by the great scholar Ozaki (1755-1827), on the Hyakunin isshu (One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets), one of Japan's most famous anthologies of poetry. This version was the most widely disseminated, with a number of reprints, and remains a central part of the secondary school curriculum. The volumes are beautifully illustrated by Matora Oishi (1792-1833), one of the leading ukiyo-e artists of the period, described by Hillier as an "artist of much greater attainments...Matora has a measured stateliness and a patrician touch very much his own. He is equally effective in conveying violent movement."-The Art of the Japanese Book, p. 793-94. According to Hillier, this is one of Oishi's most important large-scale undertakings in book illustration. The range of subject and the quality of movement in the woodcuts are startling. Fine set. The most attractive blue semi-stiff wrappers each have two white spirals. . (Inventory #: HillBibl-5122)
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